The Dark Fae by Thea Harrison

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Update: The winner of DRAGON BOUND is… wendydbooks! Congrats! I’ll contact you privately to set up delivery. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone! Today I’m delighted to host a very special guest, Thea Harrison. She’s the author of DRAGON BOUND and STORM’S HEART. If you haven’t read her yet, DO IT! Her work is AMAZING!! Without further ado, here’s Thea:

The Dark Fae are some of the longest lived creatures in the Elder Races universe, with several kingdoms throughout the world.  One of the most famous of the Dark Fae kingdoms is the Unseelie Court, based in an Other land with crossover passageways to Ireland.  The Dark Fae Unseelie Court is often at odds with the Light Fae Seelie Court, which is also based in the same Other land off of Ireland.  The two Fae’s famous battles are almost always why the Dark Fae and the Light Fae are discussed hand-in-hand.

Both races are Fae, which is to say they share certain characteristics in common—they are magical and long-lived, and they have long elegantly pointed ears and a certain similarity in bone structure.

But the Dark and Light Fae have not only distinct geographical and political differences; they have other strong differences as well.  The Dark Fae are black-haired, with pale skin and gray eyes, and they often have a gift for metallurgy.  The Light Fae are a blond, charismatic race, with either blue or green eyes, and they have an aversion to iron.

In the Continental United States, the Dark Fae’s demesne is based in the Other land Adriyel just outside of Chicago, while the Light Fae is based some distance away in Los Angeles.

The Adriyel Dark Fae is an old demesne, established well before European humankind came to the Chicago area.  The demesne is ruled by a monarchy which has seen some intense upheaval over the last two-hundred years.  At the beginning of the nineteenth century, Rhian Lorelle, King of the Dark Fae, took a moderate view of the human settlers from Europe and embraced a theory of change.  His brother, Urien Lorelle, was not so open-minded.  Urien worked with several key members of Dark Fae nobility to stage a coup.  Urien and his faction killed most of the Lorelle family, including King Rhian, his Queen Shaylee, and their twin sons, Rafe and Dwyer.  Their daughter Niniane Lorelle escaped and vanished.

Closed borders, monopolized trade, and a community kept in segregation were the key characteristics of Urien’s two-hundred year reign.  Without a robust free trade system, the Adriyel Dark Fae economy weakened while a select few in the nobility, Urien’s allies, took advantage of their elite status.  Urien granted them special trade dispensations, and as a result they grew immensely wealthy.

In the meantime, Niniane Lorelle managed to reach the Wyr demesne in New York.  She petitioned the Lord of the Wyr, Dragos Cuelebre, for asylum.  Dragos had been allies with Rhian Lorelle, and he granted Niniane’s petition.  Niniane changed her name to Thistle Periwinkle and made a place for herself in Wyr society.  No one but Urien realized that she had survived the massacre.  Over the next two centuries, relations between the Dark Fae and the Wyr remained strained as Urien made several unsuccessful attempts on Niniane’s life, and Urien and Dragos engaged in a deadly cold war filled with political conflict, military tension, and economic competition.

The Adriyel Dark Fae face many challenges when the Elder Races series begins.

Want to learn more about the Dark Fae?  Read STORM’S HEART by Thea Harrison!

GREAT NEWS, everyone! Ms. Harrison has graciously agreed to give away a copy of DRAGON BOUND to one random commenter (U.S. or Canada only)! This book has one of the sexiest heroes I’ve ever read. I drool every time I think about him! 

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19 thoughts on “The Dark Fae by Thea Harrison

    Rosalie Lario responded:
    August 2, 2011 at 7:17 am

    I’d like to thank Thea for stopping in and graciously agreeing to give one commenter a copy of DRAGON BOUND. I read this book and now I’m HOOKED! I’m anxiously awaiting my preordered copy in the mail. 🙂

    […] fabulous Thea Harrison is on my blog and giving away a copy of DRAGON BOUND. Don’t forget to enter to win this fantastic […]

    Sarah Gilman said:
    August 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Thanks Rosalie and Thea! The book sounds wonderful!!
    Cheers
    Sarah

    NJDamschroder said:
    August 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Some very intriguing worldbuilding with this series! I always love the interposition of fantastical worlds with a modern timeline.

    Thea Harrison said:
    August 2, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Thank you so much for having me today, Rosalie! And congratulations on the release of your own book, Blood of the Demon!
    Thea

    Heather Howland said:
    August 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Ooooh… this book is right up my alley. I’d love to be entered in the contest! Also, congratulations on BotD Rosalie! I’ll never forget the first time I perused your blog and saw the blurbs for Keegan and Taeg’s books. So glad we landed the series and get to work with you!

      Rosalie Lario responded:
      August 2, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      I always heard authors say there’s a huge element of luck involved in the publishing process. Now I know it’s true. The day you found Keegan and Taeg was most definitely my lucky day. 🙂

    Viki S. said:
    August 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I loved Dragon Bound and cannot wait to read Storm’s Heart and the rest of this series. Thank you so much for the post and the giveaway.
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

    rnlmac3 said:
    August 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    sounds great! can’t wait to read it!

    Renee B said:
    August 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Congrats to Thea for her new book. I can’t wait to get it. I already have Dragon Bound. I couldn’t put it down. LOVED IT!!!!
    Your talent is amazing! Keep them coming. :}

    I’m not commenting to get a copy. Just wanted everyone to know that if they don’t get these books, they’re missing out….

    wendydbooks said:
    August 2, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I love paranormal romance and this is a nice change from vampires and werewolves! The covers on both books are HOT! Thank you for the giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail.com

    Renee Rearden said:
    August 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Thea,

    I love equally character and plot-driven novels, and Dragon Bound and Storm’s Heart sooo fit the bill! And, I have to admit, I’m totally drooling over your covers…yummy! I can’t wait to read your fae series. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!

    ReneeRearden(at)yahoo(dot)com

    pommawolfjohnson said:
    August 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Congrats on new releases! I love the excerpt on the new release and added it to my gotta haves….*S* And I already have your giveaway on my list too.
    I just love the covers on your books and they sure draw a reader to read even more…*S
    Thank you for the chance to win Dragon Bound…I think I must have read the blurb a hundred times when it was released….*G*

    Congrats again!

    Darcy

    pommawolf @hotmail.com

    Mara said:
    August 2, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Congrats on the release! the premise of the world you’ve built sounds really cool. I’d love to win the book to get started!
    Mara
    marajbrandon AT earthlink DOT net

    Michelle said:
    August 3, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Sounds great and I love the cover.

    Stephanie M said:
    August 3, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Congrats on the new release. I have heard great things about this series. Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

    Julie said:
    August 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for the informative post! I can’t wait to read this. 😀

    BookHookah said:
    August 4, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Have never read any of Thea Harrison’s books.I’m always looking for new authors to read,so this sounds just awesome! 😀 would love the opportunity to read #DragonBound and #StormsHeart and these books have some serious ~Sexy Hawttness~ Covergasmm!…just sayin’ 😉

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